Courses & Units

Market Research and Decision-Making BMA611

It is strongly recommended that you complete BMA506 Foundations of Marketing and BMA604 Consumer Decision Making before undertaking this unit to ensure you have the necessary level of knowledge to successfully complete assessments.


Businesses are changing constantly, and markets are moving at a rapid pace. This means that market research is critical for keeping abreast of such changes. Market research comprises a critical facet of marketing practice; playing a central role in supporting marketing management, business decision-making and helping to solve business problems. Market research is the key to identifying market opportunities and underpins the ability of a firm to make sound decisions. This unit will develop your knowledge of market research principles; the main methods used in market research, and their role in supporting marketing decisionmaking. You will develop knowledge, critical analysis, and creative thinking to define market research problems, data measurement, questionnaire design, sampling, data collection, and data analysis and presentation of results to support marketing decisions. This unit will enable you to undertake market research and develop skills in making decisions based on market research data, solve marketing problems, use statistical software and develop your written communication.


Unit name Market Research and Decision-Making
Unit code BMA611
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Marketing
Coordinator Doctor Marcus Bai
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the theories and principles of market research and compare different approaches
  • Develop and implement a market research plan to solve marketing problem
  • Apply and appraise the ethical issues associated with the market research process

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
080505 $1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $2,837.00

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Teaching Pattern

4 x 3 hours workshops

AssessmentMarket Research Plan (30%)|Online tests (30%)|Marketing Research Report (40%)
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You will need the following text: Hair, J. et al. 2014. Marketing Research, 4th edition, McGraw-Hill Education.


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Burns, A. and Bush, R. 2014. Marketing Research, 7th edition, Pearson Education.

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Ho, R. 2014. Handbook of Univariate and Multivariate Data Analysis with IBM SPSS [electronic resource], 2nd edition, Taylor & Francis.

Malhotra, N.K. 2014. Basic Marketing Research, Pearson International Edition, 4th edition, Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Malhotra, N.K. 2015. Essentials of Marketing Research: A Hands-on Orientation, Global Edition, Pearson.

Neuman, W.L. 2012. Basics of Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, 3rd edition, Pearson.

Pallant, J. 2016. SPSS Survival Manual: A Step by Step Guide to Data Analysis using IBM SPSS, 6th edition, Allen & Unwin.

Quester, P., Pettigrew, S., Kopanidis, F., Rao Hill, S. & Hawkins, D. 2014. Consumer Behaviour: Implications for Marketing Strategy, 7th edition, McGraw-Hill, North Ryde NSW.

Wuyts, S. 2010. The connected customer: The changing nature of consumer and business markets, Routledge, New York.

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